Calling All Hardware Startups In Atlanta, New Orleans, And Charleston

Hello, Atlanta, New Orleans, and Charleston. We’d like to meet you. After you guys shovel out your unenclosed garages and de ice your homes, please drop us a line so we can see what amazing hardware you’re working on in your cities and, in addition, get featured on our regular hardware TCTV show, Makers. We’ve been running around the East Coast and SF for a while now. It’s time to see what the South is bringing to the hardware table.

You can get in touch with me by emailing with the subject line “SOUTHERN MAKERS.”

Not into hardware or not ready to show off your product? Join us at our Atlanta and New Orleans meetups instead.

In late February, TechCrunch is heading to Atlanta and New Orleans, and we’re looking for a handful of undiscovered startups. If that’s you, and you’re comfortable pitching to 1,000 people and a panel of judges, apply below. If not, you could still apply and we’ll help you along.

General admission tickets are also available for $5 and grant the holder a couple of beers and entrance into what will surely be a fantastic night. Buy them below.

We’re excited to get out of the cold Northeast and visit New Orleans and Atlanta. Two years ago, Matt, Jordan and I hit Atlanta and, with the help of the amazing Dave Moeller of CodeGuard, held our biggest meetup to date at the SweetWater Brewing Company. This time there will be a pitch-off competition, too. Hopefully there will be another gigantic TC Rice Krispies treat.

Participants interested in competing in the pitch-off will have 60 seconds to explain why their startup is awesome. These products must currently be in stealth or private beta.

Office hours are for companies selected for the pitch-off. These 15-minute, one-on-one talks will be held on the day of the event. We’ll hear about your company, give feedback, and talk about the best pitch strategy for the 60-second, rapid-fire competition. Think of us as Adam Levine on The Voice.

We will have 3-5 judges, including TechCrunch writers and local VCs, who will decide on the winners of the Pitch-off. First place will receive a table in Startup Alley at the upcoming TechCrunch Disrupt NY; second place will receive two tickets to TechCrunch Disrupt NY; and third place will receive one ticket to TechCrunch Disrupt NY.

See you there!

Atlanta tickets

New Orleans tickets